Smokey Robinson

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Legal name: William Robinson, Jr. (Smokey Robinson)


William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as the Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown's vice president.

However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later scoring Top 10 solo hits such as "Cruisin'" (1979), "Being With You" (1981) and "Just to See Her" (1987). Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2016 Robinson will be awarded the Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Smokey Smokey Robinson 1
1974 Pure Smokey Smokey Robinson 2
1975 A Quiet Storm Smokey Robinson 1
1979 Where There's Smoke Smokey Robinson 1
1981 Being With You Smokey Robinson 1
1984 Essar Smokey Robinson 1
1986 Being With You / Where There's Smoke Smokey Robinson 1
1986 Smoke Signals Smokey Robinson 1
1987 One Heartbeat Smokey Robinson 1
1990 Love, Smokey Smokey Robinson 1
1991 Double Good Everything Smokey Robinson 1
2004 Food For The Spirit Smokey Robinson 1 1
2006 Timeless Love Smokey Robinson 1
2009 Time Flies When You're Having Fun Smokey Robinson 1
2014 Smokey & Friends Smokey Robinson 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1
1990 Smokey / A Quiet Storm Smokey Robinson 1
1990 The Tracks of My Tears: The Best Of Smokey Robinson 2
1995 Motown Legends: Cruisin' / Being With You Smokey Robinson 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson 1
2001 The Solo Anthology Smokey Robinson 1
2005 My World: The Definitive Collection Smokey Robinson 1
18 Greatest Hits Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 3
Anthology Smokey Robinson 1
Blame It on Love & All the Greatest Hits Smokey Robinson 1
The Ultimate Collection Smokey Robinson 5 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Great Songs And Performances That Inspired The Motown 25th Anniversary Television Special Smokey Robinson 1

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